That’s a wrap for BRIC Online!
As the curtain closes on Day 2 of BRIC Online, it’s time to reflect on a day of exceptional racing with records being set throughout. Provisionally, we have seen six new British Records, 4 World Records and 10 new Championship records in the Adaptive Rowing categories! Fergus Mainland looks back on the stand-out performances from the day and breaks down a weekend of close racing and community spirit.
Yesterday was an inspiring day for adaptive rowers and today was no different. Kicking off ‘Super Sunday’ were Andrew McEvoy, Sally Renard and Chris Anslow who set new records in the Men’s AR2 4 minute, Women’s AR3 4 minute and the Men’s AR1 4 minute respectively. The all-conquering trio went on to set further records in their respective 1-minute races. They were closely followed by the success of Ben Gallagher who added the Men’s AR3 4-minute British Record to the title he won yesterday.
The 4-minute distance proved popular as Italian, Carlo Calcagni stormed his way to a provisional World Record in the AR2 category.
After her golden performance yesterday, Caroline Buckle set another British Record, this time in the Women’s PR2 1-minute race. Gemma Kemble- Stephenson was also conquering worlds as she became the holder of a new provisional Record in the Women’s PR2 1 minute.
As the afternoon racing continued to unfold, the 1-minute adaptive records continued to be under threat. Felix Barrow is now the holder of the 17-18 PR3 Record while Rachel Williamson proved she’s untouchable by setting the PR3-SA record. Warren Jones travelled 334 metres to set a new British Record in the AR3 category
In one of the most explosive races of the day, Joanne Clapp took victory and a provisional British record in the Open Women’s 1 minute in a time of 1:30.8. In the Men’s U23 500m race, the Estonian Leo Muiste powered his way to a gold medal in a time of 1:16.2. Not to be outdone, Charlotte Dixon equalled the World Best time in the Women’s Lightweight 500m, demolishing the British record in the process. As ever, the lightweights continued to produce some of the most exciting racing with 0.4 of a second separating the top four rowers in the Open Lightweight 500m. While it may not challenge his own World Record, Phil Clapp produced the fastest time of the day, completing the Open 500m in a staggering 1:11.8.
The awe-inspiring Val Coleman picked up from where she left off at the British Virtual Championships back in July. This time, she was setting a new British record in the Masters 90-94 500m. On the flip side, in the Year 11 girls 6-minute race, Isla Wilding of George Watson’s College continued her winning ways. After victory at the Scottish Indoor Championships, she found herself at the top of this year’s BRIC Online.
Today’s racing was wrapped up by the unpredictable relays, which concluded a weekend of racing that will live long in the memory. Of course, none of this could have happened without the competitors, spectators and army of volunteers working away behind the scenes, so a massive thank you goes out to everybody who took part!
Don’t forget, you can catch all the results and our recap of Day 1 right here too: